Introducing Air Nannies – heroes who fly pets home

Pet Shipping · 11 October 2018

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Air Nannies CitizenShipper

While most drivers on the CitizenShipper website transport pets by car, a rising number of flight crew personnel and regular fliers are bidding on long-distance pet delivery jobs. These Air Nannies, as they like to call themselves, are making good money by flying pets to their destinations.

If an opportunity to earn an extra $12,000 per month sounds too good to be true, you haven’t heard about how lucrative puppy nanny jobs can be. If you enjoy flying and spending time with animals, read on to learn about our community of Air Nannies.

What is it that Air Nannies actually do?

Every day, thousands of people welcome a new member of their family – often a puppy or a kitten. But breeders can be separated from buyers by hundreds or thousands of miles. They need reliable transporters able to fly the pet out to their new home quickly and safely.

Get Paid to Drive with CitizenShipper

As an Air Nanny, your job is to meet the breeder at an airport and take charge of the pet they’re looking to transport. You fly the furball over, right next to you in the cabin. The new owners welcome you at the Arrivals terminal, and you make the delivery. Simple enough, right?

But keep in mind that becoming a flight nanny for pets isn’t just a tremendous source of supplemental income. It’s also a huge responsibility, best handled by genuine animal lovers. Each animal you fly over is someone’s precious pet, a living thing with its own needs and wants.

Working as a flight nanny is unlike any other job in transport – it’s not about moving crates. It’s about providing safety, speed, reliability, connecting to the animals and their owners on a human level. And that, of course, is why it pays so well!

Airline fees vs. Air Nanny fees

When it comes to families buying pets from faraway breeders, money is rarely the main concern. All they want is their new family member delivered to them safe and sound. That’s why many are paying $350 for short pet nanny flights, or $1,300 for longer ones.

These fees vary, of course. An established puppy nanny delivery service can charge a lot more than someone who’s just starting out. But the thing is, successful Air Nannies have ways of keeping expenses low! Some airlines offer special discounts to frequent fliers. Some waive pet shipping fees for flight attendants and other staff. If you can work out a deal that minimizes the cost, you’ll yield tremendous benefits in the long run.

Some flight nannies are employed by the puppy breeders, while others work independently. Either way, there’s a lot of money to be made. If you don’t cut in too many third parties, you get to keep a larger portion of it. And we know that staying independent is often difficult for a new puppy nanny service, but there are ways to pull it off. For example…

Air Nannies and CitizenShipper

By now, you’re probably curious about starting your own puppy flight nanny service. You might be wondering where those well-paying customers come in? Well, if you’re not hired by a breeder who’s already got them lined up, you’ll have to find customers yourself. The easiest way to do it is by browsing through an online marketplace.

At CitizenShipper, for example, new pet transportation jobs are posted daily. You get to pick the ones you’re interested in and the hours you work. This way, you can hold down your regular job while picking up supplemental work as an Air Nanny.

Cats and dogs are extremely popular on our platform – the demand keeps growing. While most customers are looking for ground-based transportation since air travel is costly, it’s up to you to change that.
Bidding on long-distance pet shipments, you can get in touch with potential customers and explain how things stand. Let them know that flying is faster and less stressful for animals. Tell them about the great deal that you can offer. Tell them how much you enjoy flying with and caring after animals.

Signing up as an Air Nanny is simple and free of charge. If you think that a puppy nanny transport job might be right for you, give it a shot. In a matter of minutes, you’ll be bidding on shipments and chatting with customers.

Become an Air Nanny with CitizenShipper

FAQ: shipper responsibilities

We get a lot of questions about puppy nanny shipping services. Here are some of the answers we provide, and a few things you should make sure your customer understands.

  • Pets flying on planes must be able to qualify as carry-on luggage. Most Air Nannies transport cats, young puppies, or small dogs (15-20 lbs).
  • By law, puppies must be at least 8 weeks old to fly. Some airlines increase this age requirement to 16 weeks.
  • Each animal must have a certificate of health issued by a licensed veterinerian. Also, all vaccination certificates must be up to date.
  • As per airline regulations, pet documentation might also be required.
  • Pet food must be supplied by the owner for the duration of the trip.
  • Pet bedding and potty pads must be provided, although carrier crates are typically the flight nanny’s responsibility.
  • The pet must be socialized and leash-trained to a reasonable degree.
  • If an Air Nanny needs to fly over multiple pets, asking a friend or family member to tag along is common practice.
  • The cost of transport is negotiated by the Air Nanny and the customer in advance. It’s typically based on the distance traveled, which is to say the number of hours flown. It often includes airfares and cabin fees, though different arrangements are sometimes made.

Finally, here’s a quote from one of the Air Nannies using the CitizenShipper platform. To all those looking to make supplemental income as a flight nanny, she advises the following:

“Be prepared with toys, small amounts of food and water, calming treats or sprays, and a positive attitude. Not all dogs or cats are familiar with air travel, so you have to have patience and be able to relax them if they are feeling uneasy.”

Interested in becoming an Air Nanny?

If you love flying and taking care of animals, give pet nanny shipping a try. Sign up as a transporter today, and take advantage of all that the CitizenShipper marketplace has to offer.

We have articles that take you through the platform step by step, explaining how to create a profile and market your puppy flight nanny service. Learn from shared experiences in our community of per transporters. And if you ever run into trouble, help is just a click away!

Updated October 25, 2021

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Ramon Soto
Ramon Soto
3 years ago

This sounds perfect for me as i love animals and to fly!

Nicole Campos
Nicole Campos
Reply to  Citizen Shipper
26 days ago

I’m looking to ship my Daughter her ESA she fell in LOVE with. Honestly, this sounds like the PERFECT career choice for her. She is young, 20 years old, and she absolutely adores animals. She doesn’t mind flying either. I would love to connect her with flight nannies!

Barb Vance
Barb Vance
Reply to  Ramon Soto
2 months ago

This is my dream job! I love fur babies and I love to travel! How do I apply??

Cagri
Cagri
Admin
Reply to  Barb Vance
2 months ago

Hi Barb,

Please visit https://citizenshipper.com/register to sign up! We don’t charge any commission fees on your quotes! 

If you want to know more about how our marketplace works, we suggest you sign up and complete our new driver’s guide – https://citizenshipper.teachable.com/p/the-new-driver-s-guide-to-citizenshipper

And let us know if you have any additional questions. Good luck and happy shipping! 

Barbara
Barbara
3 years ago

Interested.

Rose Jamison
Rose Jamison
3 years ago

Interested

Brian McAleer
Brian McAleer
3 years ago

To fly a pet for profit on your airline work passes is grounds for dismissal….go to your local shelter and adopt a pet. Shame on breeders for even doing this…will alert my airline to watch out for this activity

Vicki Spencer
Vicki Spencer
Reply to  Brian McAleer
2 months ago

What if the animal shelter does not have the dog I want ?Are you the self proclaimed law that tells me I can’t get a dog?

Lynn
Lynn
3 years ago

How are you paid?

Judy Wilson
Judy Wilson
3 years ago

Who sets the price per trip for this service

CitizenShipper
CitizenShipper
Admin
Reply to  Judy Wilson
3 years ago

Hi Judy. You set the price.

Cindy B
Cindy B
3 years ago

Will we be able to chose from rescue pets going to new homes be breeders only?

Linda Turner
Linda Turner
2 years ago

Very interested and experienced with flying cats. I recently signed up with Citizenshipper. Is this a separate profile?

Panudda
Panudda
2 years ago

Interested.

Laura
Laura
2 years ago

Luv dogs

Kelli
Kelli
2 years ago

As a flight attendant I can tell it costs $150 to bring a pet on a flight…I’ve never seen breeders sell pets for much over that shipping price when they can literally ship them cargo and usually do. How long has this “service “ been around and what’s YOUR fee?

Jennifer Carter
Jennifer Carter
Reply to  Kelli
1 month ago

We paid 2200 to have our cats brought to us from Turkey. His wife worked for the airline so he flew standby. I also breed and we normally do use cargo as unless we fly them it is more expensive to use a nanny service. I’ve checked a few times.

Gina
Gina
2 years ago

Hi I’m interested in your service. I need a puppy shipped from Seoul to Phoenix. How could I find someone that is interested in this?

Ashton
Ashton
2 years ago

Hey this sounds like an awesome opportunity! I LOVE animals and love to fly. How do I get the process going?

Tammy
Tammy
2 years ago

Who pays for the air line ticket

Harmony
Harmony
2 years ago

Hello I’m very interested in the price from slatersville nc to providence how much would that be?

Matthew
Matthew
Reply to  Harmony
2 years ago

Hello Harmony, to receive quotes from qualified drivers on our site, please list your shipment here: citizenshipper.com/shipment-form

Charles christie
Charles christie
2 years ago

I have been flying puppies in cabin for 5 years, both domestic and international, South America, Europe, Canada, I am familiar with numerous airlines, airports and custom procedures…

Matthew
Matthew
Reply to  Charles christie
2 years ago

Hello Charles, that’s awesome! We actually have a few “drivers” on our site who fly pets around the USA. If you are looking to a transporter on our site, you can sign up here: citizenshipper.com/new-drivers

Yuliya Zauholnova
Yuliya Zauholnova
2 years ago

Hi, I am very interested to become a pet air nyanni, also ground pets transportation.. please advice me how I have to start.
Thank you,
Best Regard
Yuliya Zauholnova

Matthew
Matthew
Reply to  Yuliya Zauholnova
2 years ago

Hey Yuliy, thanks for reaching out:) You can sign up as a driver on our site here: citizenshipper.com/register
All you need to do is fill out the background check and verify your email and you can start bidding on shipments!

Susan cockrum
Susan cockrum
2 years ago

Need more information would like to talk to a person about this .

Irina
Irina
2 years ago

I’m interested but I need more details information how its working?

Vicki Benn
Vicki Benn
1 year ago

Who pays for the airline flight for the flight nanny or is that part of your “flight nanny fee”?

Matthew
Matthew
Reply to  Vicki Benn
1 year ago

Hey there Vicki, this is usually factored into the Flight Nanny’s bid:)

Samantha Krause
Samantha Krause
1 year ago

I have experience working with dogs as an apprentice groomer and had a 1yr internship as a zookeeper. I am very interested in being a flight nanny, but I’m unsure where to start and how to be as professional as possible in transporting fur babies! Please contact me with information on how to get started.

Matthew
Matthew
Reply to  Samantha Krause
1 year ago

Hey there Samantha, we are glad to have you apart of the team! You can register as a transport here: citizenshipper.com/register

Veronika
Veronika
1 year ago

Looking for Pet Flight Travel Nanny Service
From: Los Angeles/ Camarillo, CA
To:
JFK
or La Guardia NY
or
Bradley/ Hartford

1 puppy / pointer
approx. weight in hard cage: 45 lbs
age will be: 10 weeks
time approx. Feb. 7-8
with Vet Cert et..

Please let me know. Thanks. Veronika

Matthew
Matthew
Reply to  Veronika
1 year ago

Hello Veronika, you can list your shipment to have your furbaby shipped here: citizenshipper.com/shipment-form

Laura Robbins
Laura Robbins
1 year ago

How are the plane tickets paid?

Matthew
Matthew
Reply to  Laura Robbins
1 year ago

Hey there Laura, flight tickets are usually factored into the Flight Nanny’s bid:)

Annelie Maynard
Annelie Maynard
1 year ago

Hello!
How mutch does it Costa to have a pet nanny to Sweden /anne

Kassidie Moya
Kassidie Moya
1 year ago

Hi! My mom and I are looking to start a dog breeding business and I am looking into becoming a flight nanny for our pups! If you have any tips on how I can become one that would be great!
Also, if you can’t reply because of the nature of what I’m asking that is totally fine!

April Dempsey
April Dempsey
1 year ago

Does the shipper pay the airfare or do you include that price on your bid?

Travey
Travey
1 year ago

I am looking for someone to fly my border collie puppy 10 weeks old 10 lbs. In cabin to CA Bay Area airports.. in the next 10 days
please contact me
Comint@icoud.com

nina schultz
nina schultz
1 year ago

Hello! I am looking for someone to bring our new dog from LA California to Liberia Costa Rica. Costa Rica’s borders will be open as of Jun 15th… and this date could change… but as soon as we can, we would like for our new little girl to be brought down to us. Can you let me know if there are any individuals who would take this on, and how much will that cost us? Thank You, Nina

Sahar Hamid
Sahar Hamid
1 year ago

I am looking for someone to escort a 8 week old puppy from Georgia to Connecticut in the late summer or fall. Please email me at sahar.hamid13@gmail.com

Kaitlyn Gallaher
Kaitlyn Gallaher
1 year ago

Hi I am looking for someone to transport a small 11 pound dog from Tilly, Arkansas or possibly Kentucky to Weston, WV.
Please Email me at kaitlynjarrell15@yahoo.com

Sim
Sim
1 year ago

Hi! We have a 3-pound doggie that needs to travel from Portland, OR, to Monterrey, Mexico. Please contact us.
Thanks.

Lynette
Lynette
1 year ago

I tried signing up for the air nanny portion but the website didn’t seem to have any information or other help in regards to getting me started with the process of becoming a flight nanny. Suggestions appreciated as I am very interested.

Heidi Josephson
Heidi Josephson
1 year ago

Looking for someone who can transport a puppy (approx 5 pounds) from Charlottesville, VA to Providence, Boston or Hartford. Please contact me. Thank you.

Nancy
Nancy
1 year ago

I’m looking for someone to fly my 8 week golden Retreiver pup from Ohio to San Diego Nov 5 but can be flexible

Janet grevstad
Janet grevstad
1 year ago

How do I become a flight nanny

CRYSTAL GARRISON
CRYSTAL GARRISON
1 year ago

Looking for someone to bring a nine week old, Lhasa also puppies from Portland to Pittsburgh Pa!

JaNa Bickel
JaNa Bickel
1 year ago

I an already a ground transport for pets Do I need to do something different for the flight nannies?

Lakia
Lakia
1 year ago

Looking to sign up as I love to fly and lov animals. Do you have to work direclty for a breeder if so that’s fine as well. Have own transportation and located in CA also I have my passport willing to travel out of country and well.

Judy
Judy
11 months ago

I need a nanny to pick up my puppy in Portland, Maine airort by the breeder. and the nanny will bring my puppy to me in Phoenix Airport arizona. the pupoy will weigh 4 lbs. give me price./ for all the booking of pupoy and nanny. i will meet you at airport in Arizona the owner..

Patricia G Arnold
Patricia G Arnold
10 months ago

Looking for someone to transport 2 kittens, hopefully Flight Nanny, from
Portsmouth, VA to Jacksonville, FL
Before Feb 2, ASAP!! Willing to pay up to $475 total.

Lazar
Lazar
Editor
Reply to  Patricia G Arnold
6 months ago

Thank you for your comments! For those interested in receiving a quote from qualified transporters using our marketplace, please visit https://citizenshipper.com/shipments/new, choose your shipment category and then follow the prompts to specify more details on your pet. If you need any additional assistance in the process of making a decision on your preferred transporter, visit https://citizenshipper.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360015998911-The-CitizenShipper-customer-interface. Happy shipping!

Connie malik
Connie malik
2 months ago

I am very interested in becoming a flight nanny. I am retired and love animals. I can’t think of anything better to help fill up my extra time.
Do you have to have airline privileges?

Nan
Nan
19 hours ago

I would like to know if you have experience transporting an old cockatiel on a long domestic coast-to-coast flight (in this case, from Philadelphia to San Diego) ?
He is 27 years old and I would want to speak with someone experienced with birds and as a flight nanny who would be in the cabin with him on the plane. Thanks.

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